Wetherspoons bouncers filmed throwing ejected drinker to the ground

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Watch: Wetherspoons bouncers filmed tackling ejected drinker to the ground in Bristol

This is the moment an ejected Wetherspoons customer was thrown to the ground in a daylight brawl by bouncers who used 'excessive force'.

Footage shows the security workers talking to the man in a blue shirt in front of the V-Shed in Bristol.

While the situation seems calm at first, the two doorman then tackle the unidentified man to the floor.

Wetherspoons said initially that the bouncers had been "stood down from their duties" while a probe was carried out.

On Thursday a spokesperson for the the pub chain said the investigation had been completed - but refused to reveal the outcome.

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Footage of the incident on 1 August was caught on camera. (SWNS)
The unidentified man can be seen speaking with bouncers. (SWNS)

The incident, which happened at around 9pm on 1 August, was caught on camera by Chris Shutt, 35, who posted the video on Facebook before leaving the pub.

Business owner Chris claimed the bouncer's reaction was "excessive from the start."

"When they got him to the boundary of the pub garden, instead of throwing him out they pushed him and he went into the railings by the canal," he said.

"The guy came over obviously drunk, he probably should have left but was just trying to verbally defend himself.

“As I started recording the two of them slammed him down onto the concrete and one of them put his arm out and the other stamped on his wrist."

In the footage, the man can be seen talking to the bouncers, with one of them walking away and laughing as he tries to defend his actions.

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Two of them pin him to the floor. (SWNS)

However, the mood quickly changes and bouncers then tackle the customer to the ground.

The video showed one seemingly using his foot to pin the man down.

Chris added: “It was not good and not nice – afterwards they argued for a bit longer before he went off.

“[The man] might have been mouthing off but he wasn’t being violent.”

A Wetherspoon spokesman said: "An investigation was carried out in to the incident at the V Shed, Bristol and follow-up actions have been agreed directly with the door staff company.

"We do not consider it appropriate to comment on the specifics of the outcome.

"While Wetherspoon does not condone the use of violent or aggressive behaviour by its door staff, reasonable force in order to restrain and, if necessary, remove customers from premises is permitted.

"Unfortunately, the extract of the customer's mobile phone footage of the incident does not show the customer's actions which prompted the door security team's response to try and restrain the customer."